McALESTER — For McAlester senior Sarah Sams, dance has always been a family activity. She spent her first three years on McAlester’s pom squad with her older sister Katie, and said next year she wants to join her sister on the University of Central Oklahoma pom squad in Edmond.
But whatever help her sister has provided in the past, Sarah has thrived on her own this year.
“I hope we can pull it together, work hard, and win State,” Sams said Nov. 22.
“School is flying by; dance is flying by; senior year is flying by.”
Sams grew up in McAlester. She started taking class at Pam’s Academy of Dance as a 7-year-old and still takes six classes there, forming a close relationship with Pam Davy, the academy’s owner and founder of McAlester’s pom squad.
“I went into dance class when I was 7, and my arm was broke,” Sams said. “That’s really how I remember it, because I had this cast on, and I couldn’t do ballet in it. I couldn’t do anything with it.”
Though familiar with multiple dance styles, Sams said she likes jazz dance the most.
“You can be sassy, and it’s upbeat,” Sams said of jazz. “It’s just fun.”
Sams participated in the Little Star and All-Star youth pom squads at Pam’s, winning several championships, and now helps run those programs. After Katie and fellow 2013 McAlester graduate Chandler Davy joined the MHS pom squad, Sarah followed suit a year later, trying out as an eighth-grade student in the spring of 2010.
“I was really nervous that day, but Pam was like, ‘Just get out there, you’ll be fine,’” Sams said of her first tryout. “Just, ‘Remember your dance, remember your choreography, big smile, point your toes.’”